Life lessons on Love

Love begins when the needs of someone else become more important than your own. – Lao Wei, from the book “Strawberry Wisdom”

I would like share a lesson on love and being a mom.

For weeks I have been planning a trip to my hometown for a class reunion. It just happened to be the same night as my children’s homecoming at their high school. Plans were made, as a single parent I needed to make sure they were safe and accounted for. The day before I was to leave, my intuition told me there was something wrong. I did not know for sure what that meant but I listened to it. I thought maybe I shouldn’t drive, and then decided I may never know. To not make this a small novel and to spare you the drama of it all, my daughters date disappeared. He did not answer or return the phone calls. She was quite distressed and I knew exactly at that moment what I had to do as a mom and why I was not supposed to go the reunion.

The flower store just happened to have an extra corsage with the perfect colors for her dress. She was beautiful and stunning in her dress even though she was struggling inside. When I left the picture taking session at her friend’s house I left a card for her on the seat of her car. I am sure she would have survived without me just fine but I was grateful I was able to be there for her. As a parent we feel our children’s pain, we can’t take it away for them as we shouldn’t. These are hard lessons for children to learn as well. Hopefully what she learned is how a parent should react in these situations. As parents we need to constantly be teaching our children compassion and love.

The moral of the story is this, trust your instincts and believe in yourself. The second thing is consider the needs of others before your own. Ten years from now she won’t remember the sadness of being stood up. What she will remember is how much her mom loved her, and what to do if this should ever happen to her child.

I hope that sharing this with you will help understand another life lesson on love.

It is now seven years later and when asked she barely remembered the event. She did remember the card and the support. More importantly she is now a mom and these lessons will someday be very helpful to her. I am very blessed to be reminded myself of the lessons I learned and was able to teach. Reading this and reposting daily readings is humbling. To see the difference I may have had in someone’s life just by writing things down. The inspiration is totally God given and I am grateful that he has used me by putting words in my mind that may help even just one person. Using my experience good and bad to possibly be a light to help guide someone who is in need or may just need encouragement is a blessing for me.

Susie Austin

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~ by coachsusie on September 30, 2014.

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